It's been simmering and percolating for months. And, finally, we launch! Today is August 1 and it's the first day of the month-long Dollar-a-Dish event, which will help raise money for the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.
I've already described the program in detail, but in short it helps feed chronically hungry elementary school kids over the weekend. We're trying to enroll more schools and more kids who already are in school-meal programs so that being away from school doesn't mean having nothing to eat.
The Dollar-a-Dish event's participating restaurants are featuring a best-selling dish that we all hope you'll order because every time you do, Food 4 Kids gets a dollar. So, get impromptu parties together at your favorite restaurant and order the featured dish. A group of my friends are meeting at Lotsa Pasta on Thursday for a Timpano bash -- and bringing backpacks filled with food for the kids also.
Here are the fabulous restaurants, along with their featured dishes, that are participating in Dollar-a-Dish:
Alchemy: Sea Bass Ceviche
Bencotto: Pollo all Pizzaiola
Café Chloe: Steak Frites
Casa de Bandini: Fish tacos
Casa de Pico:: Fish tacos
Casa Guadalajara: Fish tacos
Cosmopolitan Restaurant: Watermelon Salad
Cowboy Star: Meyer Natural "Certified Humane" Filet
Croce’s: 3 desserts -- Fondant Au Chocolat, Vanilla Lavender Honey Creme Brulee, and House-made White Chocolate Macadamia Coconut Ice Cream
Cucina Urbana: Pizza ordered at lunch
Dining Details (Caterer)
Flippin Pizza: (all four locations and their truck) full-size Tomato Basil pizza
Gaglione Brothers: (all 3 locations) Meatball Sandwich "Father Joe"
George’s at the Cove: Date salad with arugula, goat cheese, walnuts, and pomegranite vinaigrette
JRDN: Lamb Lollipop
Jsix: Monthly Sustainable Seafood Dish
Kensington Grill:: Hog Bar
Lotsa Pasta: Timpano
NINE-TEN: Hamachi Sashimi with marinated baby shitake mushrooms and scallion vinaigrette
O’Brothers: Big O Burger
Pizza Fusion: Farmers Market Pizza
Playa Grill: Carnitas Plate
Ritual Tavern: Niman Ranch Skirt Steak served with Roasted Market Vegetables, Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Sherry Demi Glace
Roseville: Pan-roasted local halibut, White truffle corn puree, English pea, corn, radish & pea-vine salad
Royal India: Chicken Tikka Masala
Sessions Public: Ribeye Fries
Soleluna Cafe: Pasta of the Day
SoNo Trading Company: Cuban Sandwich
Starlite: Jidori Chicken
Stingaree: Manage a Trois of Fried Point Vincente Calamari, Mexican White Shrimp, Bay Scallops with Sherry Chili Aioli and Lemon
Terra: Sea Bass
The Red Door: Short Ribs
Urban Solace: Duckaroni (Mac n' Chese with Blue Cheese, Duck Confit, Roasted Garlic, Arugula, and Scallion and New York White Cheddar Mac n' Cheese with Caramalized Bacon and Charred Tomatoes
Wine Steals (all 4 locations): Full-size pizza order
Zenbu: (both locations) Hot Rock
We'd also love for you to visit www.firstgiving.com/food4kids and make a donation. Whatever you can do to help will be hugely appreciated. This is a way to literally nourish the kids in our community during tough times.